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First Nation Woman Calls Air Transat's Kids Activity Package Racist

02/27/2015 05:00 EST | Updated 04/29/2015 05:59 EDT
A First Nation woman says a vacation airline should remove a children's activity package from flights that features a red-skinned cartoon character wearing a feathered headdress.

Maria Morrison says she and her 12-year-old daughter were returning to Winnipeg on a Feb. 24 Air Transat flight, following a vacation in the Dominican Republic.

As they were boarding the plane, an attendant gave her daughter an activity package.

"We opened up the package and this hideous character was there, in a few different places," Morrison said.

"My daughter gasped when she saw it."

The books and stickers in the package also contained images of canoes, teepees, and tomahawks, Morrison said.

Morrison kept the activity package and tweeted images of it when she returned home, with the message, "Huge FAIL @airtransat Please pull your racist kids material from all flights! #NotaMascot"

The company tweeted this response, "Sorry to read it offended you. I will forward your comments to the appropriate teams. Thanks.​"

Morrison said she hasn't heard anything else from Air Transat and is mulling how to move forward.

A spokesperson from Air Transat told CBC News the airline is going to review Morrison's complaint.

But Morrison said the company should immediately remove the material.

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